COVID-19 testing capacity in the country is concerned, I wish to report that additional capacity has been added in the form of a repurposed laboratory at the Central Veterinary Laboratory.
In a true spirit of effectively utilizing public resources, the CVL has provided its equipment, facilities and personnel to contribute to this important national effort.
I am further pleased to inform that, the testing backlog for COVID-19 at NIP, which stood at more than 4000 two weeks ago, has been reduced to less 1,300.
This means that we should be able to clear the backlog within the next few days. Thereafter, going forward, COVID-19 results will be released within a period of 24 hours. This is an important breakthrough in our response and preparedness.